Vice Chairwoman West Ham FC, NED Arcadia, SyCo, Author and TV personality
Karren Brady is Vice Chairman of West Ham F.C, Lord Sugar's Advisor on The Apprentice, the Small Business Ambassador for the Government, one of the UK's leading Female Business Speakers and she is a non-executive of Arcadia and Syco.
Karren began her career aged 18 at Saatchi & Saatchi, she swiftly moved onto LBC as a sales executive. In 1998 she joined Sport Newspapers Ltd and became Director within a year.
Karren Brady is recognised as the first woman in football. She was Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club from 1993 to 2009 and during that time turned the Club’s fortunes around. She took over the club when it was in administration, and in her first year at the helm, the Club recorded a financial trading profit. In 1996 the Club made an overall profit for the first time in modern history and in February 1997 she launched the Club on the Stock market; Karren was the youngest Managing Director of a PLC in the UK.
In October 2009 Karren sold Birmingham City FC for £82million.
In January 2010, Karren was appointed Vice Chairman of West Ham United FC. In January 2011, under her leadership WHU was awarded as preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium. As a result her club hopes to be moving there post games in 2014. Following her first 12 months at West Ham, the club made a trading profit for the first time in many years.
An Ambassador for The Stroke Association, WellChild and Teenage Cancer Trust, Karren Brady is also Chair of the Mothercare Group Foundation. She has been a Board Director of Mothercare PLC, Channel 4 Television and Sport England and is currently a non-Executive Director of Arcadia and Syco. She is an honoree Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing.